At an early-afternoon press conference Anniston Mayor Vaughn Stewart said the operation also netted about 475 grams of drugs, nine guns, two vehicles and two projectors taken from a local school. Authorities decided to conduct the roundup at the end of the school year in an effort to curb drug sales while students are home for the summer, Stewart said.
“Those who bring guns and drugs into our neighborhoods will be brought to justice,” Stewart said.
The Calhoun-Cleburne Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, Anniston Police Department, Jacksonville Police Department, Oxford Police Department, Calhoun County District Attorney’s Office, and the ABC Board are working together on the roundup, which Stewart called “Operation Safe Summer.”
While the aim of the roundup is to stifle street-level drug sales while kids and teens are out of school this summer, law enforcement officials said the effect of the effort will be short-lived, and will only slow drug sales for a few weeks.
“It’s quiet for a little while,” said Capt. Chris Roberson. “Some will get out. Some will stay in for an extended amount of time.”
Roberson said the majority of the arrestees have been charged with unlawful distribution of drugs. He added that the arrests conclude several months of undercover work through which authorities were able to collect enough evidence to issue warrants for the suspects.
The arrestees were booked into the Calhoun County Jail.
Following is a list of those arrested, with ages, city of residence and charge, as provided by authorities:
Names of suspects charged by Anniston Police with drug offenses, with age, city of residence and charge.
Marcus Bryan Berdeaux, 20, Anniston, UDCS
Joy Spalding Buchanan, 52, Jacksonville, UDCS
Toriano Burton, 28, Anniston, UDCS (x2)
Lameric Dion Foster, 39, Anniston, UDCS (x2)
Michael Chad Guy, 36, Anniston, UPCS
Tommy Deriel Hawkins, 28, Anniston, UDCS (x2)
Christina Lashan Jordan, 35, Anniston, UDCS (x2), POM
Demarious Dupree Kirksey, 31, Anniston, POM (1st), UPCS, PODP, persons forbidden
Joey Allen Lindsey, 34, Anniston, PODP, UPCS, illegal poss. of prescription pills
Toraino Devon Lowe Jr., 21, Anniston, UDCS (x2)
Stephen Derrick Magouirk, 29, Anniston, UDCS
Danny Ray Mayne, 49, Anniston, UDCS (x2)
Amber Stephens McNally, 30, Anniston, UDCS
Justin Edward McNally, 27, Anniston, UDCS (x2)
Michael Shane Mitchell, 29, Jacksonville, UPCS
John George Pain Jr., 50, Oxford, UDCS (x2)
Donald Russell, 49, Anniston, UDCS
Daniel Shackelford, 28, Anniston, UPCS, PODP
Charles James Shugars, 33, Oxford, UDCS (x3)
Jerome Staples, 53, Alexandria, UDCS (x2)
Jimmy Lee Thomas, 35, Anniston, UPCS
Rodericus Thomas, 22, Anniston, UPOM (2nd), PODP
Thomas Anthony Walsh, 52, Jacksonville, UPCS, PODP
Maketa Lashuan Williams, 31, Anniston, POM (1st), UPCS, PODP
Ramarous Woods, 26, Anniston, UDCS
Michael Gardner Boone, 22, Anniston, UDCS (x4)
Marcus Williams Collins, 36, Anniston, UDCS (x3)
Anthony Dewayne Hawkins, 27, Anniston, UDCS (x2)
Alphonso Kentrez Phillips, 19, Anniston, UDCS (x2)
Charge abbreviations: UDCS — Unlawful distribution of a controlled substance; UPCS — Unlawful possession of a controlled substance; POM — Possession of marijuana; PODP — Possession of drug paraphernalia
Staff writer Laura Gaddy: 256-235-3544. On Twitter @LJohnson_Star.